Oct 21, 2015
Rabbis from across the community enjoyed a VIP tour of the Federation’s 100+-acre campus on October 20. For many, the largest Jewish campus in the country had been at least a partly hidden gem until their visit. They heard from Federation and agency leaders about all the good being done every day and saw for themselves the wide range of agencies, schools and services that are vital to sustaining and strengthening Jewish life for our community. Participating rabbis included David Baum of Shaarei Kodesh, Zalman Bukiet of Chabad of West Boca Raton, Jack Engel of Anshei Emunah, Yaakov Gibber of Boca Jewish Center/Shaaray Tefilla, Menachem Jaroslawicz of Delray Orthodox Synagogue, Boruch Shmuel Liberow of Chabad of FAU, Robert Silvers of Congregation B’nai Israel, Greg Weisman of Temple Beth El, and Benjamin Yasgur of Torah Ohr.
Oct 16, 2015
In the months before the high holidays, passionate supporters of Israel in our own Jewish community and around the world were riveted in support or opposition to The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as “the Iran nuclear deal.” And now, even with our school year and “season” in full gear, our focus remains firmly on our homeland’s security, with Israel in the midst of a shocking spate of violent attacks throughout the land.
Oct 8, 2015
Building on more than a decade of service with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Aimee Kaye, President of Sageview Consulting, has been named the organization’s first Chief Human Resources Officer. Kaye brings to the position more than 30 years of high-level management expertise in the field, having spent her career building human resources solutions and systems that allow companies and nonprofits to grow.
Oct 8, 2015
Commemorating the 77th anniversary of what is considered the start of the Holocaust, on November 8, the 14th annual Kristallnacht Film Forum will once again showcase a compelling Holocaust-related feature. Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the March of the Living, “Defiant Requiem” will be screened at 1:30 and 6 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Murry Sidlin, the star of the film and creator and inspiration behind it, will speak after each showing. A musical donor reception between the screenings will honor survivors and longtime March of the Living supporters Ann and Byron Turnoff.
Oct 7, 2015
Nationally acclaimed, award-winning singer and songwriter Mama Doni and her husband, Eric, will headline this year’s PJ Library® Kick-off family concert in Boca Raton on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Once again, hundreds of Jewish families from across the community will enjoy singing, dancing and fun for kids of all ages. The event will take place in Boca Raton from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Spanish River Community High School’s Countess De Hoernle Theater. Pre-concert festivities will begin at 3:00, with face painting, balloon sculpting, ice cream, music with Miss Susan and more before Mama Doni takes the stage at 4:00. Advance sale tickets are discounted at jewishboca.org/pjconcert.
Sep 24, 2015
Amid premium networking opportunities, business leaders and professionals will have the opportunity to hear from Richard D. Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Fain, a leading entrepreneur in the travel industry, will share his valuable insights on Thursday evening, October 15, 2015, at the launch event for the 2015-2016 Industry Icon Series for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P). Well over 100 local professionals attended each of the past three seasons’ widely acclaimed Industry Icon events and they’ll gather once again in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (dietary laws observed) will be served and networking will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Sep 21, 2015
An elegant evening of celebration is in store for premier donors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Members of the Ketubah Society, Prime Minister’s Council and King David Society will gather for the Leadership Gifts Event at 6:00 pm on December 2, 2015, at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Following a luxurious cocktail reception, they’ll enjoy an elegant dinner and an exclusive keynote presentation by Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel. The Federation is honored to offer the generous champions of the community this exclusive opportunity to hear the former Prime Minister address their most vital concerns.
Sep 18, 2015
Federation’s Business and Professional Division is launching its third year of “Business Casual,” a series of innovative activity-based networking events designed exclusively for Jewish businesswomen and professionals looking to expand their alliances and entrepreneurial pursuits while socializing in a fun, informal setting. The opening event of the season will be “In the Kitchen,” on October 8 on the Federation Campus. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the evening will feature Joanne Caras, creator of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook and Miracles and Meals, along with dinner and dessert (dietary laws observed).
Sep 11, 2015
With profound sadness and the utmost respect, we share the news that Larry Phillips passed away late this afternoon, September 11, 2015. His loss is felt throughout the globe, as it is here in our community that we are so fortunate he called his home. Upon moving to Boca Raton in 1993, Larry Phillips immediately became a driving philanthropic force in the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County community, where he has left an unparalleled legacy. His compassion knew no bounds as his generosity and leadership reached deep and wide.
Sep 8, 2015
Federation’s women’s season opens on November 2, 2015 at The Polo Club with a topic of high concern to women of all ages. From throughout the community, women are invited to hear former CNN Middle East correspondent Linda Scherzer discuss pro-Israel activities and dispense practical advice on how to combat the prevalent BDS movement on college campuses.
Aug 25, 2015
In Israel, Birthright is called “Taglit” which means “discovery” in Hebrew and that word is the goal of the trip -- discovery of Israel and its people, discovery of one’s own personal connection to Jewish values and tradition, and discovery of the ways in which one can be a part of the larger Jewish community. Approximately 25 young Jewish adults ages 22-26 from South Florida—15 from South Palm Beach County—recently returned home to Florida from the inspiring, exciting adventure of a lifetime - a free trip to Israel on our community's third dedicated Birthright bus and first partnering the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the Jewish Federation of Broward County.
Aug 25, 2015
Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Smolarcik of Boca Raton is the recipient of this year’s Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. The award recognizes talented educators who utilize 21st century skills in their classrooms and programs that help to shape the future of Jewish education. Marilyn Nachman, Director of School Educational Services for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach’s Department of Jewish Education, presented the prestigious award at the Opening Meeting of Hillel Day School of Boca Raton faculty and staff on August 19, 2015.
Aug 19, 2015
Chris Newport is the first Executive Director of Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, the new Continuing Care Retirement Community for which construction is 70 percent complete on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus. Highly experienced with start-up senior living projects, as Executive Director of Sinai Residences, Newport will see that residents receive the highest quality service including fine dining, engaging social, cultural and educational opportunities and state-of the art health and wellness programming. When complete, the community will serve approximately 450 residents with over 225 full and part-time employees.
Aug 6, 2015
In a webcast co-sponsored by Jewish Federations and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and broadcast to over 16,600 people across North America, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the Iran nuclear agreement. View the webcast here.
Aug 3, 2015
We join our Jewish family in shock, horror and grief at the two heinous acts of violence in Israel in recent days. Knowing too well the depths where intolerance meets extremism, we condemn these brutal attacks in the strongest possible terms, and our hearts and prayers go out to the bereaved, the injured and all those terrorized. We also stand with leaders from across Israel’s political spectrum, and with the outcry of thousands there, in recognizing that condemnation of the acts and justice for the perpetrators are not enough in response. They, and we, know that this is a time for soul-searching, and for measures to ensure that their society and our people honor our Jewish values that eschew such violence and divisiveness and embrace tolerance – Jewish values on which our homeland was founded, and which we and other leaders so consciously foster together in our own diverse Jewish community.
Jul 22, 2015
Now that the details of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement have been scrutinized by a wide array of policy analysts, we find ourselves among the large, diverse and growing number of experts and organizations in stated opposition. The agreement falls short in several key areas that are vital to the safety and security of not only our Jewish family in Israel, but to the United States and people around the globe. With Iran as the world’s leading exporter of terrorism and committed to wiping Israel off the map,, there is far too much at stake to remain silent.
Jul 14, 2015
Along with our Jewish family in this community and around the globe, we have waited anxiously for this morning’s announcement of the proposed diplomatic agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear activities. The threat of the world’s leading exporter of terrorism obtaining nuclear weapons is of the gravest concern and utmost urgency to our people and to the world. We hope the proposal announced today contains measures to successfully curtail the existential Iranian threat. Yet we are also concerned that this deal may be insufficient in critical safeguards.
Jul 13, 2015
After returning heavy hearted from the Eastern Ukraine region she’d visited 20 times before, former Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Board Chair Etta Zimmerman shares her powerful, poignant experiences on a recent JFNA Mission. Eighteen months of political strife, economic collapse, rampant inflation and devalued currency without a social safety net have thrown many members of our Jewish family in Ukraine into dire circumstances. A growing number of the country’s 350,000 Jews have been profoundly affected by this ongoing humanitarian crisis. Some are trapped in the besieged area, others displaced in their own country are trying to resettle in safer areas, and some are preparing to make aliyah. All need help beyond the essentials provided by Federation beneficiary agencies to 70,000 in calmer times.
Jun 22, 2015
We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are horrified and outraged at the slaughter of nine last week in the holy space of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Our hearts go out to the families of those slain and the congregants. We call on our Jewish community to join others around the country in standing with the people of Charleston who are shaken to the core, terrorized by this heinous act of hate and bigotry.
Jun 22, 2015
The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is proud to announce that Anne Jacobson has been elected Chair Designate of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, a newly created position on the Federation’s Board. Jacobson was elected at the Federation’s recent 2015 Annual Meeting. After serving as Chair Designate, she will assume the role of Chair of the Federation Board in 2016. Among her many key leadership roles at the Federation, Jacobson most recently served as the Federation’s Financial Resource Development Chair, and is also a Federation officer.